Professor of Alpine Mass Movements

Switzerland (CH)
Jul 05, 2021
Sep 04, 2021
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Professor of Alpine Mass Movements

→ The Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering ( at ETH Zurich and the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL ( invite applications for the above-mentioned position to establish a research group on Alpine Mass Movements. The joint position will be affiliated with the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research in Davos (Canton Grisons) and ETH Zurich.

→ The successful candidate is expected to develop a strong and visible research programme, which addresses the challenges caused by the ongoing changes in mountain regions and specifically focuses on mass movements and on providing solutions for natural hazards mitigation in mountain environments. Topics of interest for the professorship are, among others, the simulation of the dynamics of mass movements like avalanches, debris flows, landslides, and rockfall from the triggering to the runout zones, which are of importance as a basis for risk scenarios and planning of protection measures. Applicants have a strong background in the broad domain of computational mechanics, with specific reference to terrain instabilities that characterise mountain slopes. Computational methods to simulate the initiation and dynamics of mass movements supported by field and lab experiments as well as observations are at the core of the required expertise. The successful candidate has a strong mechanical background and proved, excellent, and international research record of accomplishments in numerical simulations with a demonstrated interest in experimental research.

She or he will lead a research group in Davos at the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research (SLF) of the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) and will be a member of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering at ETH Zurich, where the teaching activities at undergraduate (German or English) and graduate level (English) take place.

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→ Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a statement of future research and teaching interests, and a description of the three most important achievements. The letter of application should be addressed to the President of ETH Zurich, Prof. Dr. Joël Mesot. The closing date for applications is 30 September 2021. ETH Zurich is an equal opportunity and family friendly employer, values diversity, strives to increase the number of women professors, and is responsive to the needs of dual career couples